On September 3, 2018, Heaven received a True Angel, our Beloved Husband, Dad and Grandpa, Gerald Evain "Pete" Peterson, 83, of Idaho Falls. He passed away at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was taken home to be with our Heavenly Father and his family in Heaven.
He was born to Joseph Evain and Ruth Fogg Peterson on April 21, 1935, in Rexburg, Idaho. He is the oldest son of nine brothers, Roger, Bob, Larry, Brent, Kent, Ray, David (deceased) and Dean Peterson.
Gerald grew up in Rexburg, Idaho, attending schools in Rexburg and Sugar City, Idaho. He grew up in Rexburg on the family farm, working hard and milking cows. He also helped with the startup of the family business in Rexburg, Peterson Culligan Soft Water. He was also a truck driver in the western states.
Gerald met the love of his life, Marcia Ann Stewart, in Rexburg, Idaho. They were married on August 28, 1959, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary last week. Early in their marriage, Gerald and Marcia moved to Los Angeles where he learned the trade of carpet installation from his cousins. When they came back to Idaho Falls, he taught the carpet trade to his brothers and many are in that business today, as well as their sons. He later started installing carpet for the LDS Church with Marcia by his side, and their daughter Kathy, teaching her the trade as well. They installed carpet in LDS churches in the 6 Western states. Gerald installed carpet for 38 years.
After that, Gerald and Marcia worked side-by-side for U-Turn building candy machines that shipped all over the world. They built candy machines for 15 years. He always worked extremely hard and had a great work ethic. Gerald and Marcia finally happily retired in 2010.
Gerald was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has held several callings. Gerald enjoyed meeting with his friends and brothers at the truckstop, talking politics, money and money making projects, old coins, talk radio, Cadillac's, of which he had many, going to reunions, going to horse shows with their granddaughter, being with his sweetheart Marcia, and spending time with his loving family.
Gerald was very forward-thinking. In his younger years he started the company NIDCO (New Ideas Development Company), where he invented Elephant Ears, Touch Lights, Water Pouches for cars, and Carpet Purses. He even had a VW car with the outside covered in Carpet.
Gerald always had a joke and a fun loving smile and a great big heart of gold. He did not like confrontation and he never had a bad word to say about anybody. He touched the lives of so many people with his thoughtful and caring ways. He accepted everyone for who they are no matter what. He deeply loved his family and made friends with everyone he met.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Marcia of Idaho Falls; the proud Father of three daughters, and one granddaughter: daughter Kathy (Dixie Cook) Peterson of Boise, Idaho, daughter Geraldine "Gerri" (Robert) McMinn, of Rigby, Idaho, daughter Lisa (Scott) Morgan, of Idaho Falls, Idaho and granddaughter, Amber Peterson of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, brother David Peterson and two nieces, Debbie Peterson Johnson and Tina Peterson.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of EIRMC 4th and 5th floors and the ICU Unit, especially Dr. Gerald Cox and Dr. John Miller for the tender loving care they gave to our Dad and our family.
We will miss you with all our hearts. You will be our guardian angel preparing a place for us in Heaven. We will carry on with your life lessons and guidance, until we meet again.
We Love You!
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the LDS Church Willow Creek Ward (6925 North 15th East, North of Hwy. 20 on St. Leon Road). The family will receive friends Friday, September 7, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home East Side (963 S. Ammon Road), and on Saturday prior to the funeral service at the chapel from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Burial will be at Fielding Memorial Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com